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How to Free up Storage on your Mac Hard Drive

Running out of storage on your Mac is an issue that troubles the majority of Mac users. Lack of storage can pose a variety of problems. It is a time-consuming task to delete files to free up your storage. And, if you end up delaying the process, it becomes a tedious marathon to delete them collectively. Additionally, lack of storage might hamper your device’s performance as well. There are various ways to free your Mac’s storage to free up space. Here is all that you may need to know. 

1. Manually Deleting Files 

Examine your computer’s files and software to see if there’s anything you can get rid of. Larger items like videos or high-resolution photographs that you no longer need are a good choice. 

You can also attempt to delete duplicate files or images if you have any. Many users are not aware that duplicates comprise 30% of your Mac’s storage space. This is because we download the same software installers or email attachments regularly. Thus, duplicating files is useful if you have a passion for photography and take multiple clicks for that perfect shot. 

To delete a file or software, follow the steps below:

  • Right-click on the icon of the file or the software
  • Select the “Move to Trash” option 
  • Go to the Trash icon and right-click it 
  • Select “Empty trash”

It is important to empty the trash where you discarded your files and apps. If not, you are not creating actual space on your Mac. Instead, you are just relocating it to another area. 

2. Uninstall Useless Applications 

Apps inevitably take up most of the space on your Mac. Hence, it is better for your device’s performance if you uninstall apps that you do not need. To do so follow the steps below:

  • Open a Finder Window 
  • Select Applications in the sidebar
  • Right-click and drag-and-drop the apps to the trash can icon 

Additionally, you can also view how much storage the app is using.

 To further manage your Mac’s storage, all you have to do is:

  • Open a Finder window
  • Click on Applications 
  • Navigate the toolbar
  • Select the “Show items in a list” option 
  • Select “Size”

3. Zip Files

If you don’t want to delete huge files or directories, you can compress them to conserve space instead of deleting them. When files are compressed, they take up less space. The only aspect you have to be aware of is to know how to access zip files. All you have to do is double-click to unzip it. 

4. Delete Unused Languages 

Did you know that there are over 180 languages pre-installed on your Mac? All of these languages are housed in 1.5 GB of hard disc space dedicated to local files. Hence, you barely use most of these languages. They are just occupying space on your hard disk that you could utilize for more productive purposes. 

To delete unused languages, follow the procedure below: 

  • Navigate the Applications folder 
  • Right-click on the software
  • Click on “Show Package Contents” from the drop-down menu
  • Select the “Contents” folder
  • Go to the “Resources” folder
  • Delete files that end with .lproj Empty the trash 

Rida Rehan

Hello, I'm Rida Rehan, an undergraduate student, and an inspiring journalist who likes to explore various topics and fields to broaden my horizon, and to keep myself updated on information and trends.

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